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By JoAnna Ness, Jun 12 2018 06:43PM

On Tuesday, June 5th, the Steuben County Community Foundation was filled with smiles as a group of scholarship recipients met with the generous donors supporting their future. The donors shared stories about what had inspired them to create a scholarship at the Community Foundation. In some cases, it was a commitment to pay it forward. Others wanted to honor the inspiring legacy of a loved one. For the donors, it was exciting to see students who had deep passions for something they both valued. Recipients were able to personally thank their donors and talk about their plans for their careers.

One student, Regan Peppler, was able to meet the donors for two of her scholarships. The family who established the Kylee Simons Scholarship was thrilled to have a recipient who is interested in teaching special education. Regan shared her excitement for the award, and said, “It was really cool to meet the person giving this scholarship, and I’m grateful for the money which is helping me achieve my goals.”

L-R: Aimee Simons, Kylee Simons, Regan Peppler, & Nate Simons

By JoAnna Ness, May 30 2018 01:00PM

Steuben County’s youth pod—FIST—celebrated another successful year of philanthropy, grant making, and community service. The 19 youth pod members are students at Fremont Community Schools, Hamilton Community Schools, and MSD of Steuben County, and they range in age from 8th grade to seniors. This year they organized a number of community service events, including a canned food drive that generated 4 truckloads of canned goods, a county-wide bone marrow drive, a day of connecting with seniors at Cameron Woods while making Christmas cards, and presentations to middle school students to define and share the meaning of philanthropy. FIST also awarded 11 grants for a total of $7,485, which supported arts projects in Steuben County schools and other community needs. Over the course of the school year, FIST was able to engage 175 other youth in philanthropic activities. Congratulations to our hard-working youth pod members on a great year!

By JoAnna Ness, May 29 2018 02:00PM

To honor the legacy of their parents after Rita's passing in 2017, a new scholarship has been established at Steuben County Community Foundation by the family of John and Rita Crimmins. The scholarship will support Angola High School graduates who are involved in Health Occupation Education courses and choose to pursue training for important health-related careers in nursing, nursing assistant, or nursing aid fields. John and Rita were active community members for many years, and Rita—a former nurse—created Angola’s vocational education program for health occupations. The John and Rita Crimmins Health Occupations Scholarship will be offered each year starting in Spring 2019. This scholarship will honor the legacy of two committed Angola residents and allow many students to gain valuable training for a fulfilling career of service in healthcare.

By JoAnna Ness, May 21 2018 01:00PM

You may notice a new face around the SCCF office and at community foundation events. JoAnna Ness joined the staff as our new Communications Director. JoAnna grew up nearby in the Ligonier area and graduated from West Noble High School. Her experiences in youth philanthropy led JoAnna to attend IU Bloomington to study Nonprofit Management, and she recently completed her Master of Arts degree in Philanthropic Studies at the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. She returns to Steuben County after a summer internship with SCCF in 2017—now responsible for sharing donor stories and highlighting the many ways the foundation is making a positive impact in the community.

Feel free to contact JoAnna to share donor stories, or simply to introduce yourself as part of the community!

By JoAnna Ness, Mar 22 2018 02:00PM

Randy and Phyllis Tilbury recently established the Tilbury Family Fund at the Steuben County Community Foundation. The Tilburys are life-long residents and raised their two children in Steuben County. They have made a commitment to giving back through an endowed scholarship fund. The Tilbury Family Fund will provide annual scholarships to Steuben County students choosing to attend Bethel College or Butler University. Their son, Chris Tilbury, graduated from Bethel College in 2007 with a business degree. Today he is the golf professional at Pretty Lake Golf Club in Plymouth, IN where he also manages the golf course restaurant and facility. Their daughter, Sarah Mills, graduated from Butler University in 2010 with a pharmacy degree. Today she is the head pharmacist at Meijer’s northeast store in Fort Wayne, IN. “We were very pleased with the education and the guidance that these universities provided for our children as they grew into adulthood,” said the Tilburys.

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